By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
The hootenanny days of Establishment Republicans riding shotgun with Establishment Democrats may be over soon. Both political parties are so determined to cling onto what little influence they have left, they’re willing to risk it all, even if it means crash and burn at the end of the road.
In my view, we should have taken a big broom and shooed them all out a long time ago. But here we are with an even more arrogant bunch of political elites during a critical election season. As for the GOP, there’s a lot of scuttlebutt about how they’re planning to force a “brokered convention.” Yeah, I know it’s legal and it’s been done before, but depending on how the convention rules are changed at the last minute to suit Establishment whims, it may not be very liberty-oriented or respectful of voters. That’s because it likely wouldn’t be a contest between our two clear frontrunners—Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Instead, according to numerous mainstream news stories that have been dribbled out in an attempt to test the waters of resistance, Establishment politicians are hinting at choosing someone of their own liking. In other words, if the Republican primary doesn’t go the way the GOP prefers … to hell with the People!
Take it from Mr. Establishment himself, Karl Rove, who recently appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show suggesting one possible scenario:
If we have somebody who we think has been battle-tested, and has strong conservative principles and the ability to articulate them, and they are nominated at this convention, there will be a lot of acrimony from the people who were seeking the nomination. But if it’s somebody who has, you know, has those convictions that they can express in a compelling way we could come out of the convention in relatively strong position … And a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.
A “fresh face”? What about Trump and Cruz? Simply put, the Establishment hates them. They hate Trump more because he’s the politically incorrect outsider who has the cashews to be down right insubordinate to establishment politics. Then there’s the constitutionally-minded Cruz who, although a Senator, has consistently butted heads with the Establishment. Cruz is despised because he stands for the very conservative principles that the Establishment had once stood for. In the end, the GOP is stuck with two Presidential contenders, neither of whom they can control. This scares the Establishment because it signals a major disruption of their well-greased, taxpayer funded, gravy train.
In truth, we should probably relish in the fact—however long it may last—that we’re finally in a position which forces our politicians to wake-up and listen to us for a change.
Unfortunately, many in the Establishment are ganging up on our two frontrunners. Obviously, they’re targeting Trump first. He’s the biggest threat. ”But if Trump disappeared in the morning,” said Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “they’d be anti-Cruz by lunchtime.”
That’s why it’s absolutely essential that Cruz and Trump continue to stand up to the Establishment. Both men have already agreed that it’s time to make this a two man race. Cruz has even warned that should the Establishment even attempt to steal the vote, there will be an “manifest revolt” by the People.
Finally, in a distant third place is Governor John Kasich who said, “I believe that a convention will look at somebody like me and that’s why I think I’m going to be the nominee.” Apparently, despite Kasich being rejected by American voters, he has stubbornly decided to stay in the race in hopes to split the delegates and come out a hero in the eyes of the GOP. What a little twerp.
There’s also some rumblings for Mitt Romney—mostly by Romney, of course—and even current GOP Speaker Paul Ryan has been suggested as a possible replacement by former GOP Speaker John Boehner. If this isn’t a blatant disregard for the voter, I don’t know what is.
Clearly, today’s GOP Establishment is far removed from their principled roots.
As for we the People, regardless of who we’re personally cheering to win the nomination, we must do the right thing and refrain from supporting the Establishment’s outrageous attempt to usurp our power. This also means not cannibalizing on each other. The number one way Republicans will lose in 2016 is if we don’t pull ourselves together as a single team. We can’t afford to stay home from the polls and wallow in self-pity about how our guy didn’t win. We need to unite, then we need to get busy replacing the GOP Establishment with some fresh faces of our own.
QUESTION: In the end, if Cruz or Trump wins the final nomination, will you unite behind the winner, or will you give into the GOP Establishment? Share your thoughts on social media.